Ellen Urged to Repay Favor

first_imgUnity Party stalwart James M. Rogers has called upon President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to support the senatorial quest of Mike G. Mueller in the ensuing Special Senatorial Election in repayment for supporting her two-term electoral bid.At a news conference over the weekend in Monrovia, Rogers indicated that Mueller remains a strong supporter of Madam Sirleaf and has provided meaningful assistances on several occasions to the electoral struggle of the ruling Unity Party.As such, “the President should be able to reciprocate the good Mr. Mueller has done for the party and the President,” said Rogers, who contested for a Nimba County legislative seat on the party’s ticket in the 2011 elections.Mueller, a Liberian of part-Swiss descent, humanitarian and founder of Mike Mueller Charities, has declared his intention to contest Sinoe County’s vacant senatorial seat come October.According to Unity Party’s by-laws, however, one must be a member of the party two years before standing for an elected position in the primary. Mueller has no party at the moment and wants the Unity Party to refrain from putting up a candidate in Sinoe County for the upcoming election.”In the previous exercise of democracy in 2011’s Presidential and Legislative elections, he offered and rendered his support to the election of Madam Sirleaf, with respect to her ability to secure international support for stability and reconstruction. His service to his nation and people is remarkable and deserving of the support of every Liberian. It is in this vein that I commend my fellow guests here today, for their bold choice to similarly support the candidacy of Mr. Mueller,” Rogers said.“With respect to the commitment of President Sirleaf and the ruling party to further the era to progress,” he continued, “and in my capacity as former candidate for the Liberian legislature on the ticket of the Unity Party, I see it as a patriotic obligation to call upon President Sirleaf and her party to join in support of this great son of Sinoe County. I say to you, Madam President, even as he did support you in your bid, my humble advice is that for the same principles, your support is required in this instance.”Rogers maintained that Mueller has the academic, moral and financial credentials to lead Sinoe County’s legislative seat, adding; “Our nation needs people of high moral value in order to serve with transparency.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dr. Bernice Dahn, a Woman of Character

first_imgShe is married with children.  Her husband is Counselor Roland Dahn, a prominent Liberian lawyer.  She herself is an experienced medical doctor who since 2006 has served as Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, second in command at the  Ministry of Health to Dr. Walter Gwenigale, who has since 2006 been President Sirleaf’s Health Minister.A lot of financial resources have come through the Health Ministry since 2006, but most especially since the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).  Nobody has yet pointed a finger at the Chief Medical Officer or her boss over their management of these finances.  Some civil society organizations have called for an audit of all the funds that have come into  fight Ebola, including the initial US$5 million supplied by the  government through the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL).  But huge chunks of the money flowing from abroad have  been channeled not through the Health Ministry but through the various NGOs and  World Health Organization (WHO), which in any case arrived on the scene far too late, though they were alerted since March that the virus was spreading rapidly through the Mano River basin, especially Liberia, the hardest hit country.The main reason we describe Dr. Bernice Dahn as a woman of sterling character is that the minute she found out that her own Special Assistant, Rev.  Napoleon Braithwaite, had been sick, she made two outstanding moves.  First, she went to visit him at his Barnesville Estate dwelling. We deemed this an extraordinary move, for it was during the peak of the Ebola attack on Liberia and most people were avoiding anyone who even had a light cold, a fever, or looked sick, for fear of coming into contact with an Ebola-infected person.Yet here was Dr. Dahn taking a serious risk—though she may not have thought it was—going to see her Special Assistant, which she did on September 20, 2015.  This was an incredible example of compassion.  The point is that at this most dangerous time in the health history of our country, her Special Assistant was sick, and she felt it her bounden duty, both as a boss and as a medical doctor, to go  see him.  She may not have  even thought it was risky.  Her primary concern was to check on him and see if there was  anything that he needed or any kind of help she could render him or his family.There are many intelligent people in the world, and even more in high positions of authority.  What we definitely cannot find too many of are people with compassion (kindness, empathy, concern, care).  That Dr. Bernice Dahn vividly and courageously demonstrated when visited  her ailing Special Assistant.And then, guess what!  In barely five days, Rev. Braithwaite was dead of—you guessed it—Ebola!!  He had indeed been infected by the virus, which unceremoniously and in a most untimely way snatched the life of this 55 year-old father of eight.And what was the immediate reaction of this highly efficient and principled woman?  Without being asked or ordered by anyone, she immediately quarantined herself from her office and her own family.  She went home alright, but strictly kept her distance from her own husband, children, other family members or household people. The Daily Observer praised her editorially, as we did another top MOH official, Madam Yah Zolia, Deputy Minister for Planning and Development.  Minister Zolia, too, quarantined herself when she discovered that a driver who had brought her from Ganta to Monrovia, an over 150-mile, several hour drive, had died the following day!We said in that editorial that if only others had behaved in the same exemplary way that these two outstanding women did, the virus would not have spread so rapidly and so devastatingly through Liberia.  The problem was that too many people were in denial, and many more were in deceit—knowing they were sick but denying it and, in the process, infecting others.  This caused the rate of casualties to escalate and soon, Liberia became the epicenter of the deadly virus.We thought it was necessary to let the public know a little more of this outstanding person, Dr. Bernice Dahn, a woman of efficiency, honesty and compassion.  Liberian girls and boys, here is a good example to emulate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Powerful earthquake in Venezuela sends shockwaves to Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgBuildings in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas were evacuated on Tuesday after a powerful earthquake was recorded off the North-East coast of the country, sending shockwaves as far West as Bogotá, Colombia, and as far East as Trinidad and Tobago.The US Geological Survey (USGS) said a 7.3-magnitude quake struck 12 miles North-west of Yaguaraparo, Venezuela. The USGS recorded its depth to be 76 miles.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said at 18:00h, there was no threat of aParts of a building collapsed on a parked car in Trinidadtsunami as a result of the earthquake, after a preliminary report that “hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 300 km of the earthquake epicentre.”The earthquake was also felt strongly in Trinidad and Tobago, and much of the eastern Caribbean, including Grenada, Guyana, Barbados and as far North as St Lucia. There were no reports of damages in Grenada and Guyana, where people ran into the streets in pandemonium to see utility poles shaking. In Grenada, there was a report of a landslide.The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre reported that there were at least seven aftershocks from the earthquake, about one every three minutes.The Trinidad Express reported that the country was “stunned” by the quake as residents fled their homes.“That was so scary,” Vaughn Ramdeen, who lives in Arima, Trinidad, tweeted. “Couldn’t do anything but remain in one spot. Still trembling. The house was shaking like crazy. We ran out. Thankfully there are no power lines so didn’t have to worry about anything falling on us. It lasted about a minute.”Electricity and telephone outages were reported in some parts of Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago’s capital. Videos circulating on social media showedResidents stand outside their apartments as some look up at the Tower of David skyscraper following the earthquake on Tuesdaygroceries falling off store shelves, buildings with cracks, and a piece of a mountain in Chaguaramas along Trinidad’s North-west peninsula falling into the ocean.There were no immediate reports of casualties as the country waited to hear from disaster and preparedness workers who fanned out across the country to provide a report.The Associated Press reported that the earthquake briefly interrupted a pro-Government rally in Venezuela. State television captured the frantic moments after the quake when Diosadado Cabello, the head of Venezuela’s constitutional assembly, was giving a speech at theA road destroyed by the earthquake in Venezuelademonstration, the AP said.Attendees could be heard yelling as Cabello looked around. Footage taken by a journalist in Caracas and posted on Twitter showed residents rushing out of buildings and yelling in panic.Nestor Luis Reverol, the Interior Minister of Venezuela, also took to the social media platform and said that the Government was ready to handle “any emergency.” “We are calling on the entire country of Venezuela to remain calm,” he tweeted. (Miami Herald)last_img read more

Cool temperatures don’t yield fast times

first_img“I need training myself.” WEATHER WATCH Del Worsham and Jeff Arend, CSK teammates from Chino Hills and San Dimas, respectively, are familiar with February weather and adjusted their strategy accordingly. “We all know how the weather is, especially here, but the forecast was bad enough for just about every team to be up there today making a lap as if it were their last shot,” Worsham said. “If it does rain, this is how it will be, but like I said, you never know. Either way, the object there was for us to make a full lap. “Believe it or not, we had not crossed the finish line under power since round one in Las Vegas last fall. At the race here last fall, we either blew up or smoked the tires before the lights.” Arend added: “It might rain tomorrow, so I treated this one as if it was the fourth and final session, instead of session number two. It started shaking again, and this time it was not going to make it. I was off and back on the throttle as quickly as I could do it, and it cleared right up and just tore down there. “The car is actually a pleasure to drive, once it’s moving down track under power.” PRO STOCK The name Allen Johnson is one fans at Pomona Raceway are familiar with, although he’s a veteran NHRA campaigner in the class. Yet, there he was Friday afternoon atop the qualifying list after the second session. Johnson, who drives a Dodge Stratus, posted a 6.640 at 207.85 mph to vault past Jason Line and Greg Anderson. Line jumped to 6.641 at 208.76 to trail Johnson while Anderson failed to improve on the 6.647 that topped the field on Thursday. “We was very, very good down low,” said Johnson, a Greenville, Tenn., resident. “It (0.987 seconds) was probably the best in the session for 60 feet. “That transpired into a good run.” Despite the run, Johnson is not totally satisfied. His second car, driven by Richie Stevens for Don Schumacher Racing, is last among the 23 cars with a run. His best run is eight seconds slower than Johnson’s. “Both cars ran the same in Las Vegas testing,” Johnson said. “Richie’s car don’t move. There’s something broke and we just can’t find it. It’s got us stumped. We’re really worried about Richie. “It’s very trying not to get down for one run. To not qualify, it’s a catastrophe.” PIT STOPS There was a bit of star power in Tony Schumacher’s pit. Maj. General Thomas Bostick, the U.S. Army Recruiting Command commanding general, led the military contingent. Also in the compound were actors Robert Patrick (“The Unit”) and Ethan Embry (“The Brotherhood”) … Top alcohol driver Jason Rupert of Yorba Linda escaped injury when his racer failed to stop in time and ran into the sand trap and hit the first of two catch fences… In the alcohol Funny Car qualifying session Friday night, Jim Whiteley hit the wall three times after his run, demolishing the car. He emerged from the wreck without injury. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! POMONA – Looks were deceiving Friday afternoon as the cloud cover produced cool temperatures at Pomona Raceway, usually ideal drag racing conditions. Last fall, such conditions produced a national record run by Tony Schumacher to win the Auto Club Finals. However, that standard was not threatened Friday during qualifying for the Winternationals. Schumacher vaulted over Brandon Bernstein for the top spot with a run of 4.483 seconds at 328.30 miles per hour. And it wasn’t enough to stir any emotion from the defending three-time Top Fuel champion. center_img “Don’t get us wrong, we’re happy to be No. 1 qualifier,” Schumacher said. “But after running 4.44 in testing two weeks ago in Phoenix and then we come here with the exact same car, you just want more. I guess we just expect a lot of ourselves.” According to Schumacher, drivers and crew chiefs are thrown “curve balls” by the track conditions at Fairplex. “It’s a misjudgment,” Schumacher said. “It all looks good on the computer, but not when you get on the track.” Although he’s in the show for Sunday’s eliminations, Schumacher wants the rain to stay away today. “I need the laps,” he said, referring to the two-month offseason. “I need to get back into the routine. (Crew chief) Alan (Johnson) was looking at the data Thursday and noticed there was a two-hundredths difference between the clutch releasing and hitting the throttle. last_img read more

Clippers on their own

first_img“There’s no more looking over your shoulder, thinking about trades. Let’s just play ball to win.” After months of speculation on the future of Maggette, the deadline passed without movement. Unhappy with the way he has been used – or more often not used – by coach Mike Dunleavy, his agent had requested a trade. There was some effort made, exactly how much remains uncertain, and then came a supposed meeting of the minds when owner Donald Sterling made it clear he did not want to move Maggette unless he was overwhelmed by an offer. Which was swell, but one more unexpected night of bench time and Maggette will be grumbling again. But then Thursday’s deadline came and went, somewhat unexpectedly to Maggette. “Honestly, man, I just came here to practice,” Maggette said. “I didn’t even know when the trade deadline was. I thought it was on the 26th. “I’ve said all along, it’s not my concern. I’m just going to go out there and play hard.” Yeah, well, sort of. Truth is, despite everything said and done, Maggette seemed mildly surprised Thursday to learn he would remain a Clipper, at least through the season. “Of course, I thought I probably would have (been traded) if it was best for the team,” he said. “But I guess it wasn’t, so I’m still a Clipper and I’ll still get after it.” Dunleavy tried to just shrug it all off. On a day with precious little NBA movement, the Clippers had held pat. “There was nothing out there that intrigued us enough to pull the trigger,” Dunleavy said. So for now at least, all that Maggette trade talk is officially a non-starter. “It’s past the trade deadline and he’s not getting traded,” Dunleavy said. “From anybody’s standpoint, if they had any wonders or questions, today at 12 o’clock brought finality to that.” Naturally this non-result goes beyond just Maggette. The Clippers have looked out of step all season, like a pale imitation of the team that captured L.A.’s imagination last spring and advanced into the second round of the playoffs. That was supposed to be a wondrous first step, a building block to a brighter future, a corner turned. “We were hoping that,” Maggette said. “Now you look at what all the analysts say, the reporters, it’s like we’re one-hit wonders.” Yet if any member of the Clippers saw a serious lack of chemistry and effort and commitment, and was hoping a trade might prove the needed spark, now they too understand the situation. No help is coming. No dramatic change of pace is in the offering. “In the back of your mind you’re saying, `What do we need to do? Is it a player? Is it something that can help us?”‘ Brand said. “Without a doubt, because we’re struggling. “We just have to finish with what we have. Everybody’s here now and knows they’re going to be here. Maybe they’ll find a level of comfort and we’ll start winning some games.” This has proven a season of too many maybes for the Clippers. If the season ended today, they would be out of the playoffs. “I’m very disappointed with where we are,” Dunleavy said. “It’s a situation where you have to strive every day to make it better and improve.” But they haven’t been, of course. Every time they hinted at regaining last season’s form, they’ve stumbled. Instead of growing and maturing from last season, they have lost their edge. “It’s been tough, man, because if you look at the way we played last year, we played with effort,” Maggette said. “We didn’t let up on any play. And this year we haven’t had that kind of response.” The Clippers have lost fourconsecutive games. The Clippers and Minnesota are a half-game back of the Warriors and New Orleans, who are tied for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference. The Clippers have 28 games to turn it around. It’s enough time, but not a lot of time. Not enough to waste. “The clock is ticking, but we have (28) games left,” Dunleavy said. “Let’s get the job done.” And now Dunleavy, Maggette and all the Clippers know they’ll have to get it done with what they have. “A few days ago once we heard a trade wasn’t likely I said, `Look, this is our team. Let’s go for it and make the best of it and make the playoffs,”‘ Brand said. “Once you get to the playoffs, anything can happen.” But something needs to happen now, and now they all know who with. Steve Dilbeck’s column appears in the Daily News four times a week. stephen.dilbeck@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO – Well, that’s it. That’s all there is. No new star arrived on the horizon. No would-be savior caught the next jet to L.A. Corey Maggette practiced Thursday with the Clippers just like every other day. Just like he’ll do again today. The same Clippers who have taken the floor for the past 54games will do so again Saturday against Golden State. The same guys who dragged the Clippers into their quagmire will have to be the ones to pull them out. center_img High noon came and no new gunslinger was at the ready, just the same disappointments who have stumbled to a 25-29 mark. The trade deadline came and passed, and there was the much-discussed Maggette on Thursday, practicing free throws with Sam Cassell. So now everybody understands. These are the players who will have to find an answer. These are the guys who must not only recognize their situation, but do something about it, without anyone coming to shake things up, adjust the chemistry or stir their tepid pot. There are no player mysteries now, just simple understanding. “Dig in,” Elton Brand said. “These are our guys. Let’s do it. last_img

Datebook for Monday, April 3rd

first_img• Providence Holy Cross Foundation Golf Classic, 8 a.m., Valencia Country Club, 27330 N. Tourney Road. Call (661) 799-7940 or (818) 847-4651. • Glendale Water & Power Commission meeting, 4 p.m., City Council chambers, 613 E. Broadway. Call (818) 548-2110. • Baseball Hall of Famer Dave Winfield book signing, 7 p.m., Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Free. Call (626) 449-5320. • Shields & Yarnell Reunion Tour, 7:30 p.m., Fred Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: $34-$49. Call (805) 449-2787. • Evening hike, 7, Stough Canyon Nature Center, 2300 Walnut Ave., Burbank. Call (818) 238-5440. • Reseda Neighborhood Council board meeting, 7 p.m., Canoas Banquet Hall, 18341 Sherman Way. Call (818) 419-2513. • Full moon hike, 7:30-9 p.m., Coldwater Canyon Park. Park is at intersection of Coldwater Canyon Avenue and Mulholland Drive. Children and leashed dogs welcome. Fee: $5 for nonmembers of TreePeople. Reservations: Call (818) 753-4600. —Mail Datebook entries — including time, date, location and phone number — to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Site C Joint Review Panel receives dozens of public hearing applications

first_imgSupporters seem to have torn a page from the environmentalist strategy book, signing up in droves to speak in favour of the massive project when hearings begin December 9 in Fort St. John. That includes groups as diverse as the B.C. Business Council, the B.C. Roadbuilders, the Cement Association of B.C. and the New CarDealers of British Columbia.The list also includes former provincial energy minister Blair Lekstrom, and his predecessor, and now Conservative senator, Richard Neufeld.Opponents of the project who have filed submissions to the panel include the Treaty 8 First Nations, Nature Canada, and Ken and Arlene Boon, ranchers who will lose their home if the project proceeds.- Advertisement –last_img

Donegal woman wins High Court challenge to plant hedge around her home

first_imgA Donegal mother of two, who was prohibited by the planning authorities from planting a hedge around her Inishowen home, has won a High Court challenge against an Bord Pleanála.Wendy Tweed and her husband Paul Fletcher bought the former Hair O the Dog pub in Quay Street, Moville. The couple had been refurbishing as a home for themselves and their two children aged six and seven.Barrister Michael O’Donnell told the court the couple had been given go-ahead by Donegal County Council to turn the old hotel and pub premises into a three-bed two-storey dwelling.Ms Tweed had then sought additional planning permission for a 4ft high post-and-wire boundary fence and hedge.Mr Justice Charles Meenan had heard that the former pub car park and boundary touched on the shore of Lough Foyle and there had been objections from Foyle and Moville Rowing Club.The Irish Times now reports that An Bord Pleanála has agreed to the quashing of its order prohibiting the erection of the fence.To see the full report see https://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/courts/high-court/woman-wins-high-court-challenge-over-hedge-around-home-1.3343192Donegal woman wins High Court challenge to plant hedge around her home was last modified: January 3rd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhedgeHIGH COURTmovilleWendy Tweedlast_img read more

L.A.’s underground cash

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The region’s underground economy is now estimated at $8.1 billion a year, siphoning off vast sums of money as workers and employers fail to make payments for Social Security, workers’ compensation, health insurance and other social safety-net programs, according to Daniel Flaming, one of the authors of the segment by the Economic Roundtable, a nonprofit, public-policy research organization in Los Angeles. “Over the long term, this trend portends a downward spiral for the regional economy as the low-wage labor force continues to grow, the costs of informal employment are shifted to other segments of society, and the social safety net becomes more precarious,” the report says. In an interview Tuesday, Flaming said many people in the underground economy can’t find better jobs. “There are several factors that create economic desperation: a slow recovery from the 2000 recession, a growing immigrant labor force that in all likelihood includes a growing undocumented labor force. Those workers, in particular, are desperate.” And stemming the trend won’t be easy, Flaming said. He believes it will require not only penalties for underground employers, but also incentives, such as technical assistance, for employers who compete legally, as well as efforts by both public and private organizations in education, skill development and citizenship programs. Los Angeles County’s underground cash economy is expanding rapidly, eroding the work force and sapping an estimated $2 billion a year from city, state and federal coffers, according to a key finding in a major regional report scheduled to be released today. Driven by what the report authors call economic desperation, the region’s cash-only work force has grown about 5 percent in the past four years to nearly 680,000 workers – nearly half of them in the city of Los Angeles alone. They account for about 15 percent of the total Los Angeles County work force, according to the report on a Milken Institute study titled the “Los Angeles Economy Project.” At the same time, payroll jobs in the entire county that contribute with taxes and fees to the social safety net declined by roughly 2 percent – from 3.9 million to 3.8 million. “Given this large number of informal jobs and the continuing practice by many employers of avoiding legally mandated payroll taxes, there is a real risk that a steadily increasing number of employers will adopt this illicit labor-management practice in order to remain competitive within the Los Angeles region,” the authors concluded. Robert “Bud” Ovrom, deputy mayor of housing and economic development, said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is embarking on a strategy to address the underground economy. The study released today – commissioned by former Mayor James Hahn – is part of what will be a more comprehensive blueprint. “This issue of the underground economy is very much on our radar. … We are using the report to develop a road map of the kinds of things we should be doing,” Ovrom said. Ovrom said the administration is interested in developing a package that stresses job creation, education and job training to make inroads into an economic system he called inherently exploitive. Cash workers don’t have the kind of employment documentation that would allow them to move into the mainstream, he noted. Underground workers – an estimated 61 percent of whom are noncitizen immigrants – are heavily represented in the garment, restaurant, housekeeping, gardening and construction industries. “We are going to create more jobs, more opportunity, through work-force education … (and) work-force investment programs,” Ovrom said. In its segment of the Milken report, the Economic Roundtable follows up on its May 2000 study that estimated there might be as many as 1.5 million workers in the underground economy siphoning off $1.1 million from social safety-net programs. At the time, economic officials in the Hahn administration said they were working on programs to reverse the trend. But that never happened to any significant degree, said Jack Kyser, chief economist at the private, nonprofit Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. “It’s almost beyond the control of the city,” Kyser said, noting that complex regional and state regulations are interwoven into what many employers and workers consider a generally restrictive business climate. “In many cases, … regulations are literally driving people into this informal economy,” he said. Kyser said the growth of the underground economy can be reversed only by a fundamental change in attitude. “There needs to be a change in the mind-set … that business is the enemy.” Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, said while the region’s underground economy is growing, the 780,000 private, government and self-employment jobs reported in the Valley in 2004 mark an all-time high. Ackerman said putting Los Angeles’ economy on a more formal footing will require education and successful ways to address the culture of fear among illegal immigrants working in the underground economy. “There’s a huge fear factor there,” he said. Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgBREAKING NEWS: By our Belfast Daily Staff: A County Donegal man has today pleaded guilty to charges relating to a plot to kill a student PSNI officer in the North.Letterkenny man  Gerard James McManus is a former Irish soldier and was one of two gunmen caught while attempting to murder a student policeman in the border town of Garrison, Co Fermanagh, four years ago.He pleaded guilty last November to using a gun to resist his arrest. Today he and Kevin Barry Nolan both pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life and possession of articles likely to be of use to terrorists.Attempted murder charges were left on the books and not to be proceeded with without leave of the crown court or court of appeal.Nolan, (35) of Main Street, Blacklion, and 28-year-old McManus were detained during an undercover police operation at the time in November 2009.Although no details surrounding the shooting or their arrests were given to the Crown Court, during a series of Magistrates’ Courts sittings, they heard that McManus and Nolan claimed they had no intention of shooting the trainee officer, only to scare him. They were allegedly spotted in a Vauxhall Astra approaching home before police moved in.McManus, wearing a balaclava went to the front door, while Nolan remained in the front passenger seat of the Astra, where he was later arrested, allegedly sitting on a magazine, loaded with 16 rounds for a Glock pistol.McManus escaped, running down the side of the house firing off a shot. He was apprehended at 8am the following day, in a garden shed and while a mask and gloves were found in the shed, no gun was recovered.During interview both men maintained they had no intention of harming the student police officer. McManus told detectives: “There was no way I was going to shoot him …..I was going to fire a couple of shots in the air….to scare him, wanted to terrify him like.”In his interviews Nolan, whose alleged role was to give McManus directions, claimed that as far as he was concerned: “No harm was going to be caused,” and that firing the gun was to, “put the frighteners on him”.Sentencing in the case was adjourned.DONEGAL MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO PLOT TO KILL TRAINEE PSNI OFFICER IN NORTH was last modified: January 27th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FermanaghletterkennyMCMANUSmurder bidlast_img read more